What graphics board
goes best with a G3 upgrade in an old Power Mac
© 1999 Rob Art Morgan, editor of BARE FEATS
First, some 2D tests...
bar means fastest in each test)
Next, some 3D tests...
(orange bar means
fastest in each test)
The 3Dfx Voodoo3 board beat the Orion RAGE 128 in all but one
test. Pretty impressive for beta drivers and a board designed for
the Wintel crowd.
Your Mac has an excellent
Voodoo3 review, comparing it to other 3D accelerators.
Extreme tests it on at B&W
- From Inside Mac Games' Frank Bernier
comes a Quake
2 shootout betwteen various
graphics boards and various G3's.
- Inside Mac Games also has a
Test Configurations &
Apple's "accelerated" 2D
3Dfx 2000 PCI
- The test computer was a Power Mac
7500 with an Interex XLR8 CarrierZIF running 400MHz G3 ZIF.
- MacBench 5.0 Publishing Graphics
test was done with the display set to 1152 x 870 x
5.0 is one of the few
benchmark applications that closely simulates "real world" usage.
You need the CD-ROM to run the Graphics tests. It only costs $5 to
Photoshop scrolling test was
run using 4.0.1
DEMO (120MB App size), a 30MB
test document, and a stop watch. Results were rounded to the
nearest half second. The scroll
test was done at 400% zoom; scroll arrow held down while scrolling
from top to bottom
- For the WordPerfect
3.5.3 scrolling test, I
created a 120 page document containing the sentence "The Quick
Brown Fox Jumped Over The Lazy Dogs" repeated over and over in
paragraphs of 8 sentences each in 14 point Times font. Using a
stopwatch, I timed how long it took to scroll from the beginning
to the end of the document while holding the mouse button down
with cursor over the scrolling arrow. (Font smoothing was turned
off. If it's on, it will take you 50% longer to scroll through a
3D tests were run with the
display set to 640 x 480. I particularly enjoy using this
application to test since it exercises all subsystems of the
Macintosh. The test used was the Castle Flyby that comes up at
startup. To get the average and minimum frames per second with
version 2.x.x of Unreal, you press "~" and enter "TIMEDEMO 1."
Then press "~" to open up the full screen again. It begins the fly
sequence at the castle entrance. (Get the latest latest
UNREAL Beta from Westlake's
2 was run in 800 x 600 mode.
It requires a special version of the "ref_gl.lib" from
website to work with the Voodoo3. It also requires a document
called "Mesa3DGraphicsLibQuake2" (version 3.1b8 or later) to be
placed in the Quake folder.
A big THANK YOU
for the use of the CarrierZIF G3/400.
for the use of the
Orion RAGE 128
for offering a $30 rebate on the 3Dfx Voodoo3 cards until
September 18th. Net cost to average user: $85.
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© 1999 Rob Art Morgan,
editor of BARE FEATS
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